Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Why Valeria Napoleone Only Collects Women Artists?

By Simon Grant
Valeria Napoleone photographed in her London home in February 2015, with works by Julie Verhoeven, Berta Fischer and May Hands Alma Haser
Valeria Napoleone is taking me on a tour of her contemporary art collection in her large ground-floor Kensington apartment. Napoleone is well known for having spent the last 18 years collecting work only by women artists; the walls, floors, and ceilings of her home are packed with examples from several recent generations. The obvious question is why collect only women artists? In New York in the early 1990s, the dominant art conversations were still circulating around the work of grand male conceptual artists... But it was also during a period when women artists like Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Liza Lou, and the Guerrilla Girls were transforming the artistic landscape of New York. [link]

Saggy Titties (2007) by Nicole Eisenman hangs above a fireplace Alma Haser